Sunday Toughie No 24 by Robyn
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Not as brain mangling as some Sunday Toughies but still a definite toughie. I may have not got some of my parsings 100% but somewhat distracted by Mama Bee’s first cataract op. Refreshment last night was Staropramen and Laphroaig, this morning it is Guatemalan Red de Mujeres, organic coffee with notes of raspberry, toasted almonds and toffee.
Here goes with 15 of 30 clues hinted, I hope you find enough checkers to help you.
As it is a Prize puzzle I can only hint at a few and hope that will give you the checkers and inspiration to go further. I’ll be back just after the closing date with the full blog. Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in RED at the bottom of the hints!
I hope I don’t have to redact any comments but I am new at this and don’t want to rock the boat. If in doubt, I’ll rub it out! I think that sentence is a bit redundant. You have all been so helpful in sorting out prior failures of parsing and I am sure I will need similar help again.
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also” Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions. Some hints follow: Remember the site rules and play nicely.
1a Appealing about e.g. gun running in conflict (10)
One of crossword’s numerous about’s, and a weapon of which gun is an example, go into a synonym of attractive.
9a Lacking will to cross river the American way? (10)
The condition of dying without a will and an abbreviation for river become the American way of driving long distances.
15a Feature absorbing work for keyboard whizz (6)
A facial feature around some work.
17a Protest number arrive unannounced at home and end with partying (6,2,3,4)
How many crosswords must a man solve before he is done, The answer my friend is…
18a Guarantee result, bagging runs before the end (6)
A synonym of result, to follow or come after, bags a crickety run to become a guarantee.
21a Make invalid appetiser with no filling like a bagel? (7)
The shape of a bagel comes from a synonym of make invalid and the outer letters of AppetiseR
27a Went out across what dry ground that’s arid? (10)
A synonym of went out on a romantic liaison perhaps, contains a two letter interjection for what! and an anagram of dry.
1d Wear out racket receiving ball (2,2)
A noise contains a letter that looks like a ball.
2d Child number three in group number eight (4)
A group and the eighth letter of the alphabet become the third child of Adam and Eve.
4d Many duos arranged entertaining operas in Lenten time (9,6)
An anagram of Many duos goes around a series of operas. How entertaining these operas are, depend on your tolerance of 15 hours of fat ladies singing. The fourth Sunday in Lent when Christians have historically visited the church where they were baptised.
7d Energy-guzzling vehicle by softly undulating Welsh town (10)
A motor vehicle contains an abbreviation of energy followed by the musical annotation for softly and some undulations. How do you eat an angry Welsh cheese?
11d I emptied champagne cup, without right means to overcome shyness (10)
I from the clue, the outer letters of ChampagnE and a cup surrounds (without) R for right
12d Make fast touring time, with seconds left racing (10)
To make fast a boat at a dock, around T for time, S for seconds and a nautical left. A fast pastime involving mechanical assistance.
14d Expert eating meal up with Dover’s last magistrate (7)
An expert contains the reversal of an afternoon meal and the terminal letter of Dover. become a Roman magistrate who ranks below a consul.
20d It’s used fencing edges of Ravenna dock (6)
The edges of RavennA and another nautical dock become a “tool” used in fencing.
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The afternoon meal you need for 14d and a lovely piece of music.